Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (at left) and auto executive Joseph W. Frazer formed Kaiser-Frazer Corporation in 1947 to challenge the established auto makers.

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (at left) and auto executive Joseph W. Frazer formed Kaiser-Frazer Corporation in 1947 to challenge the established auto makers.

Hall of Fame Timeline

1939   
The Automobile Old Timers organization is launched in October at the Lexington Hotel in Manhattan with the mission to perpetuate the memories of the early auto pioneers.

1940
AOT awards its first Distinguished Service Award to honor automotive people from all parts of the worldwide automotive industry.

1946
The Automobile Old Timers adopt new goals to promote safety on highways and streets, preserve automotive history and emphasize education through increased cooperation with museums and universities, and present citations to distinguished individuals in the automobile industry and highway transport.

1957   
Automobile Old Timers becomes the “Automotive” Old Timers to include the inventors, engineers, stylists, manufacturers, dealers and "all others whose combined talents keep America awheel."

1960   
AOT moves their national headquarters to the NADA Building in Washington, D.C, imagining the establishment of an Automotive Hall of Fame and Museum in the nation's capital.

1967
Walter P. Chrysler, Henry Ford, Charles Kettering and Alfred P. Sloan become the first individuals to receive the Induction Award and be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

1971   
AOT reorganizes, changing their name to “Automotive Organization Team” to more wholly represent the people of the industry and to appeal to a younger generation of up-and-coming leaders.
In May, Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, becomes the new home of the Automotive Organization Team.

1976
The first permanent Hall of Fame building is dedicated at Northwood University on October 29.

1981
The first Young Leader & Excellence Award was presented. This new award reflected the Automotive Hall of Fame’s commitment to the future of the motor vehicle industry.
 
1982   
The Automotive Organization Team officially changes their name to the Automotive Hall of Fame to fit the institutional mission.
 
1984
The Industry Leader of the Year Award is first presented. The award is nominated and awarded only by the Board of Directors.

1996   
The construction site of a new Hall of Fame building in Dearborn, Michigan is dedicated as part of American Automobile Centennial Week.
 
1997   
The new Automotive Hall of Fame facility is opened on August 16 in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
2014
The Automotive Hall of Fame celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

 

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